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52 Ancestors: Week 33- Tragedy

I am taking part in the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge for 2021. The challenge is organised by Amy Johnson Crow who provides a weekly writing prompt. I am way behind with my writing but I am trying to catch up.

My last post was about my great grandparents, George Harry and Florence Wadsworth, and in it I briefly mentioned their first child George Hubert Wadsworth. He is the subject for today.

On 17 September 1900 George Harry and Florence Wadsworth first child, George Hubert Wadsworth was born at his parents’ home in Bramley Brook[1] less than 2 miles from Wickersley. He was the oldest of nine children,[2] the youngest of whom was my Grandmother, she was born when George Hubert was 16 years old. Two died as young children, but even as the oldest of seven siblings I can only imagine that Hubert took his responsibilities as big brother seriously – I do with only 3 younger siblings!

Hubert, as he was known to the family, went into the stone quarrying business with his father and uncles. In 1928 he married Stella Withers[3] and set up home in Rotherham.[4] Their only child, Joan Marie Wadsworth was born on 24th June 1929.

Hubert and Stella Wadsworth

On 16th August 1940 tragedy struck while Hubert was at work. He was working with Fred Hall moving sand into a conveyor to load a lorry. The sand shifted and Hubert was buried with only his head and shoulders visible. He was lifted out, but walked away and went home. Whether is was Stella who encouraged him to go to hospital, or he decided for himself we do not know. Hubert had fractured two ribs and ruptured his kidney. The doctors tried to operate but he died on 27th September. [5]

Hubert was buried in the churchyard at St Alban’s Wickersley, and his younger brothers were mentioned on the tombstone.

In
Loving Memory of
George Hubert Wadsworth
who died Sept 27 1940
aged 40 years
also John and Fred
brothers of the above
also of George Harry Wadsworth
beloved husband of
Florence
who died on Oct 22 1950
aged 79 years
Worthy of everlasting remembrance
Also of the above
Florence Wadsworth
who died May 20th 1957
aged 82 years
in heavenly love abiding. [7]


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[1] Births. England. Sub district Maltby, (RD) Rotherham. 17 September 1900. WADSWORTH, George Hubert. Vol. 9c. p.673. Entry 803.

[2] Census records. England. Wickersley, Yorkshire. 02 April 1911. WADSWORTH, George Harry. (Head) PN RG78/1603. PN 28065 Sch 132. ww.findmypast.co.uk : accessed 15 January 2009.

[3] Marriages Index. England. Rotherham, [Yorkshire]. wrd Q 1928. WADSWORTH, George H. and WITHERS, Stella. Vol. 9c. p.673. Entry 1544.

[4] 1939 Register, England. Rotherham C.B, Yorkshire. WADSWORTH, George H. 29 September 1939. Schedule 24. Line no. 28. RG101/3005A National Archives (Great Britain), Kew, England. Collection: 1939 England and Wales Register. ww.findmypast.co.uk : accessed 30 October 2021.

[6] Rotherham Advertiser. (1940) Quarry Worker’s Unusual Death. Rotherham Advertiser. 05 October.

[7] Monumental inscriptions. England. St Albans graveyard, Wickersley, Yorkshire. 27 September 1940. WADSWORTH, George Hubert. Transcribed by Ruth Willmore. 01 February 2003.

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